Witnesses to a crash on the Stuart Highway today which left a man suffering potentially serious head injuries have been urged to come forward by police.
In a statement NT Police media manager Rob Cross confirmed a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on the busy highway at Winnellie shortly before 2pm as he attempted to cross the road.
Police say the driver stopped to help the man, but fled the scene when an “altercation” occurred. Police have confirmed the driver quickly drove to a nearby location to report the incident.
“The pedestrian and another person that approached the driver were taken to Royal Darwin Hospital by St John Ambulance with non-life threatening injuries,” Mr Rob Cross said.
A construction worker who witnessed the crash said the victim was running across the street towards the bus stop opposite Winellie when he tripped on his thongs.
He told the NT Independent the driver, who attempted to help the man, was attacked by a group of around 15 people who had raced over from nearby apartments.
He also provided a graphic description of the man’s injuries detailing extremely serious head wounds.
Police have seized the vehicle, reportedly a silver ute, for further forensic examination.
“Investigations are continuing into the circumstances,” Mr Cross said.
Police said anyone with any information, particularly people with dashcam or mobile phone footage, are urged to call them on 131 444 or CrimeStoppers 1800 333 000. Please quote reference number 9452952,” he said.